LCBO Vintages Release
Kings Ridge comes from the hearts and minds behind Union Wine Company, a gang of wine-making wine-lovers with talent to spare based just outside of Portland, Oregon. When the folks behind Union got to looking at the guts of the wine industry, they realized that there was value to be had from stripping away the things they didn’t need (fancy tasting room, restaurant, traditional branding) and focusing on the things that mattered: top-quality fruit from consistent, sustainability-minded growers and know-how in the cellar. Union Wine Company has effectively changed the game in Oregon, making delicious wines at price points that make them appealing for everyday drinking. Let’s call them quaffable. Intense and distinctive, Kings Ridge Pinot shows all the vibrancy and complexity of a Willamette Valley classic.
The 2015 vintage in Oregon started off with a mild winter that caused a very early budbreak. The early warm temperatures continued through spring, with vines flowering through late May and early June. Summer was warm and dry. Weather cooled in September, allowing flavour components to catch up with sugar as fruit ripened. The harvest was a beauty: bountiful fruit of extremely high quality yielded concentrated wines with energy and verve.
This Pinot Noir was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for ten months, 25% in new French oak. Look for notes of red cherry, strawberry, and hints of baking spice on the palate.
“Focused on a medium-weight frame, this offers cherry, licorice and wet earth flavors that glide over powdery tannins and into a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2020.”
89 points + Best Value Wine, Wine Spectator, Feb 2017